Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Isn’t This A “Man Bites Dog” Type of Story?

Organ Music Première Aids Church Tower Repair Fund This story struck me as the opposite of what usually happens. Most often, money is being raised to repair, enlarge, or buy an organ. Sometimes, money is sought to pay for a … Continue reading

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Big Schlueter Played in The Philippines

The 20-ton Iglesia Ni Cristo Pipe Organ In Quezon City (near Manila), in the Philippines, there is a large church called Iglesia Ni Cristo which is often referred to as INC, and they have had installed a large organ that … Continue reading

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New Transcription of Mozart Sinfonia KV201 — Free!

New Transcription of Mozart Sinfonia KV201 I bet you know the Symphony 28 (K 201, also known as KV 201) by W A Mozart. If you are comfortable reading clefs and have the skill of a Leonard Bernstein, then you … Continue reading

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Leonard Plays the Grand Old Lady (video)

Leonard Selva, the Pipe Organ Rescuer Here is another story about Leonard and I promise you won’t be disappointed. First, there are ten questions and answers. Then, there is a too-brief video of Leonard playing the “Grand Old Lady.” Bach … Continue reading

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IUP’s New II/24 Brunner (video)

The Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Organ at IUP Watch this very informative and very good video about a private organ that was willed and reinstalled at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Department of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is adding … Continue reading

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The Organist Is Your Neighbor: Meet Your Neighbor

Organist Reaches A Pleasant Coda “When Joyce Knipp’s father built the woodwork surrounding the pipe organ at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lindsey in 1948, she had no idea it would be the tie that kept her staying — and … Continue reading

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Let’s Learn This on a Wurlitzer

“I received it today, and it looks fantastic! I have some time on a Wurlitzer scheduled for this Saturday; might give it a try. I hope it proves to be a popular item.  Best Regards. —California, USA

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83-year-old Wurlitzer Band Organ in a 1928 Herschell Carousel

Band Organ Enthusiast Brings Festival to Olcott To make money, Wurlitzer made a number of items in addition to their world-famous theatre organs. They made musical instruments and other kinds of organs and even colorful, flashing (gaudy) juke boxes. Among … Continue reading

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Lutherans, Muslims, Catholics, and Organs

Organ Donated by Muslims Installed at Former Seminary I couldn’t read the nameplate, but this story shows how some religions, even today, just have no use for musical instruments. Read the story of a failing organ and the replacement provided … Continue reading

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What’s Doing in Odessa (video)

Odessa International Festival of Organ Music — Day 1 The long video below is way to pretend that you made the journey to the Organ Festival in Odessa, Ukraine, this year. Don’t worry if you can’t read the language; you … Continue reading

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